SUPERWOMAN #1 – Review
Writer/Penciller: Phil Jimenez
Inker: Matt Santorelli
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Letters: Rob Leigh
Variant cover: Terry Dodson
Publisher: DC Comics
Another month, another brand new Superman family title. I have to give DC credit, they’re really trying to give Superman a much needed push in their Rebirth initiative. While I wasn’t a fan of last month’s “New Super-man,” nor am I a fan of Supergirl in any shape, form or fashion, I’m going to give “Superwoman” a try anyway. Was it worth my time? Let’s find out.
“Who Is Superwoman?” has Lois Lane, who was embedded with New 52 Superman’s power before he died, goes to Smallville to train under the same person that helped Superman hone his powers: Lana Lang. After weeks of training on the Kent Farm, Lois emerges as Superwoman, who has taken Metropolis media by storm. After an awkward encounter with self proclaimed Superman Lex Luthor, a disaster happens where it’s up to two new Superpeople to save Metropolis.
Yes, this sounds like typical Superman story #13234234. For longtime Superman fans, this isn’t even the first time Lois has been Superwoman (yes they address Earth 3 Superwoman as well). However, I left out a couple of spoilers because this story actually has some twists and turns I didn’t expect. In fact, there’s a HUGE twist ending that will have a significant impact for not only this story but the Rebirth Superman titles in general if they follow through. Keep in mind we’ve seen twists like these in comics countless times, but if there’s even a 1% chance they stick with this ending and it’s not meaningless cliffhanger…I’d have to admit it would be pretty ballsy.
Other than that the story is standard Superman fare. I really like SuperLex and I feel he’s being underused. This issue doesn’t change that at all, giving us insight of what Lana and Lois really think of Lex (which at this point everyone already knows). That being said, Lois and Lana had some really good dialogue between them, and I enjoyed the flashback panels in Smallville where they were just training and getting to know each other. There was also very little dialogue about Clark. The story is trying to flesh them out as not Superman’s ex girlfriends, but as their own individuals, with their own identity.
Oh and I have give credit for the “You’ve got us? Who’s got you?” line which is an homage to Margot Kidder in Superman ’78. Sorry, my nostalgia sense is tingling.
After last month’s underwhelming “New Super-Man,” I was afraid DC is starting to cram Superman titles down our throats. I mean…they are, but this one is actually an entertaining read that tries to throw a curve ball or two. I’m actually going to give this issue half a point more than usual because I REALLY think DC is going to double down on this ending, which will be a Metal Gear Solid 2 type of twist (that’s all I’m going to say and I may have said too much). Judging by the title of the next issue, if you don’t read issue #2 I have a feeling you will eventually hear about it.